The Moselle River, Germany: Rieslings
Famous for its winding river, the Moselle wine region is considered the oldest in Germany, with historic wine presses found dating back to Roman times. Unlike other wine regions, the Moselle is unique in that many of its vineyards grow at sharp angles—in fact, the world’s steepest vineyard is in the Moselle Valley! The climate and hills also lend themselves to periods of intense fog that produce “noble rot,” a strangely beneficial fungus that creeps onto grapes and results in sweeter wines, including much-lauded German Rieslings.
From spring through autumn, charming local festivals in river towns with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets celebrate the fruits of their vineyards’ labor with pageants, hikes, tastings and fireworks, making a trip ashore almost as unforgettable as your scenic cruise.
Local legends surrounding Moselle wines prevail in the region, including that of a black cat who once hissed at people approaching one of the wine barrels from the Moselle village of Zell, which were, at the time, stored in a regional cellar. Ever since, wine bottles from Zell have featured a black cat on their label. In addition, on our Moselle Wine Cruises you will likely hear of the 14th-century Bernkasteler “doctor” who healed the Elector of Trier with his miraculous elixir – and we, too, encourage you to sample his delicious wines.